Don Russell

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Dr
Don Russell
Secretary of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
In office
1 June 2011 – 14 December 2011
Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
In office
14 December 2011 – 25 March 2013
Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
In office
25 March 2013 – 18 September 2013
Personal details
Nationality Australia Australian
Alma mater London School of Economics
Australian National University
Flinders University
Occupation Public servant

Dr Donald "Don" Russell is a senior Australian public servant and administrator. He is currently Chief Executive of the South Australian Department of State Development.

Education[edit]

Don Russell has a PhD from the London School of Economics, a Masters of Economics from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Economics with honours from Flinders University.[1]

Career[edit]

Russell joined the Australian Public Service as a Cadet in the Department of the Treasury.[2]

Between 1985 and 1993, Russell was principal advisor to then Treasurer Paul Keating.[3]

In 1993, Russell was named Ambassador to the United States, returning to Canberra in 1995 to again work as Principal Adviser to Paul Keating, by then Prime Minister, ahead of the 1996 federal election.[4][5] Shortly after the Australian Government announced that Russell would be returning to Canberra from Washington, Russell, still in Washington, made comments criticising the Opposition, which led to Shadow Foreign Minister Alexander Downer to denounce his actions and call for him to step down immediately.[6]

Russell was appointed to the role of Secretary of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research in June 2011.[7] He managed the Department through several changes of function and Minister as it transitioned to become first the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education and later the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.[8]

He was one of three public servant heads to be sacked by the incoming Abbott Government in September 2013,[9] most likely due to his time as Labor Prime Minister Paul Keating's senior adviser.[10]

In June 2014 his appointment to head the South Australia Department of State Development was announced.[11] On his appointment, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill praised his "“strong understanding of how Government can leverage investment and develop the skills required by industry”.[12] In the role, Russell is tasked with leading his department to help industry, business and communities identify and capitalise upon opportunities for job creation and economic growth.[13]

Awards[edit]

Russell received the 1995 Flinders University Convocation Medal.[14] In 2005, Russell was added to the distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame of the Faculty of Economics and Commerce at the Australian National University.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Don Russell: UTS Occasional Address, University of Technology Sydney, archived from the original on 14 May 2013 
  2. ^ Dr Don Russell, CFA, Australian Centre for Financial Studies, archived from the original on 21 March 2012 
  3. ^ Grose, Simon (October 2011), "It's not a party, Don", Australasian Science Magazine, archived from the original on 31 July 2012 
  4. ^ Dunnin, Alex (2 June 2011), Russell heads back to Canberra, archived from the original on 4 June 2011 
  5. ^ Keating, Paul (16 October 1995). "Dr Don Russell" (Press release). Archived from the original on 11 January 2015. 
  6. ^ McPhedran, Ian (18 October 1995). "Ambassador warns Australians not to vote for the Coalition". The Canberra Times. p. 3. 
  7. ^ Gillard, Julia (1 June 2011). "Departmental Secretaries" (Press release). Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Bartos, Stephen (11 September 2013). "Off with their heads! Which civil servants will lose their posts?". Crikey. Archived from the original on 14 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Towell, Noel (18 September 2013). "Three public service department heads sacked by Abbott government". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Malone, Paul (3 March 2013). "Abbott PS purge on the cards". The Canberra Times (Fairfax Media). Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Towell, Noel (31 July 2014). "Axed public servants head south". The Canberra Times (Fairfax Media). Archived from the original on 6 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Baldwin, Jack (30 June 2014). "Leading economic strategist and former US Ambassador named head of State Development Department". The Lead. Archived from the original on 21 September 2014. 
  13. ^ Department of State Development, About Us, South Australian Government, archived from the original on 22 August 2014 
  14. ^ a b Don Russell, University of Melbourne, 2009, archived from the original on 13 February 2014 
Government offices
Preceded by
Mark Paterson
Secretary of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
2011
Succeeded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Preceded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
2011 – 2013
Succeeded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Preceded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
2013
Succeeded by
Glenys Beauchamp
as Secretary of the Department of Industry
Preceded by
Blair Comley
as Secretary of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Michael Cook
Australian Ambassador to the United States
1993 – 1995
Succeeded by
John McCarthy